Guardiola hails Phil Foden.

Updated: Apr 21, 2019

Guardiola paid tribute to Foden after his match-winning display on Saturday.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola heaped praise on Phil Foden after his header helped seal a 1-0 win against Tottenham on Saturday.

The 18-year-old scored his first Premier League goal within five minutes as City held on to a nervy victory at the Etihad Stadium, three days after their Champions League heartbreak at the hands of Mauricio Pochettino's Lilywhites.

The Citizens battled hard for the three points in the thrilling encounter in Manchester and following the win, City head-coach hailed 18-year-old Foden, who became the club’s third-youngest Premier League goalscorer.

The Spaniard told reporters: "Phil is an incredibly talented player and we have to pick him in the right moment. He has the quality to arrive in the box.

"Every time he plays he scores a goal or has chances. His ability in small spaces, it is not easy to play against [Eric] Dier or [Victor] Wanyama or [Christian] Eriksen.

"It is an incredible experience for him to play and I trust him a lot."

And, Foden said: "Kun (Aguero) did great to head it back to me. Luckily I was on the line to head in. I am just happy to help the lads today. Every player I play with I look up to and try to learn from.

"It still hasn't fully sunk in. I am just happy to help the team and get the goal. It's my first Premier League goal so it will live with me forever.

"We knew what they were about because we have played them twice already. It's hard and we looked a bit leggy but we got the job done.

"It was a bit of a surprise (to start) but I am ready for whenever it comes.

"We know we have to win every game to win the Premier League. A few of the lads will watch it (Cardiff v Liverpool) I'll watch it so we'll see what happens."